c/ Atocha 96, 2º,, Madrid, Spain
Doubles from: $73
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Along Calle Atocha and within walking distance to the Museum Triangle and Atocha station is the attractive two-star Hostal Barrera. The hostal is in a renovated 1933 building, and the physical integrity of this building is central to its appeal. In the renovation process, original steel supports were recovered and meticulously restored; most rooms boast at least one.
Rooms are modern and spacious with lots of light. Mod foldout furniture, desks, and bedside tables do not match; their discordant pairings add character to each of the 14 exterior rooms. Quilts and bedspreads are trendy with chic throw pillows that add an extra punch.
Walls painted in soft earth tones set the mood. Each room has its own distinguishing shade, which validate color psychology theories by inducing a calm stay. Our favorite was room No. 214 for its big space and degree of tranquility. Unfortunately, there are no balconies to up the ante.
Double-paned windows block street noise. Windows and mirrors are super-sized in all the rooms, and French glass doors lead to the bathrooms.
The staff is English speaking and polite. They'll arrange anything you need, including airport shuttle service, or simply a cold drink from the mini-fridge at reception.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
About the Hostal Barrera neighborhood
"Atocha" refers to Calle de Atocha and the area around the Atocha Train Station, just a few blocks from Puerta del Sol. It is comprised of a residential neighborhood, the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, the Ethnological Museum and the Real Jardín Botánico. The magnificent Prado and Tyssen art museums are located to the north of the train station.